Moa in, Williams out for NZ
Former Hull prop Sam Moa was the surprise inclusion in the New Zealand squad named on Monday for their defence of the World Cup while Sonny Bill Williams was the notable absentee.
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The 27-year-old Moa left Super League at the end of last season to return to the NRL and, after a sensational season with newly-crowned premiers Sydney Roosters, will be back in England later this month after being named in coach Stephen Kearney's 24-man squad.
There is also a place for former Wigan half-back or hooker Thomas Leuluai.
Moa, who has previously played for Tonga, is one of only two uncapped players, the other being his Roosters team-mate, winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, while the absence of the 28-year-old Williams appears to confirm his imminent return to rugby union.
The NZRL listed "other commitments" as the reason for Williams' non-selection while Newcastle Knights loose forward Jeremy Smith withdrew for personal reasons and Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall pulled out with a jaw injury suffered in Sunday's grand final win over Manly.
Tuivasa-Sheck, who was 18th man for the Kiwis against the Kangaroos in this year's Anzac Test in Canberra, is the youngest member of the squad at 20.
The Kiwis will be captained by Simon Mannering, who is one of seven New Zealand Warriors in the team. With 30 Tests, he and Leuluai are the equal-most experienced players in the squad.
Leuluai, who returned to the Warriors after leaving Wigan at the end of last season, is one of seven survivors from the Kiwis' 2008 World Cup-winning squad.
The others are Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Issac Luke, Jason Nightingale, Krisnan Inu and former Leeds second rower Greg Eastwood.
New Zealand World Cup squad in full: J Bromwich (Melbourne), G Eastwood (Canterbury), K Foran (Manly), A Glenn (Brisbane), B Goodwin (South Sydney), T Harris (Melbourne), J Hoffman (Brisbane), K Inu (Canterbury). S Johnson, S Kasiano (Canterbury), T Leuluai, K Locke, I Luke (South Sydney), S Mannering (NZ Warriors, capt), B Matulino, S Moa (Sydney Roosters), J Nightingale (St George Illawarra), F-P Nu'uausala (Sydney Roosters), F Pritchard (Canterbury), E Taylor, R Tuivasa-Sheck (Sydney Roosters), M Vatuvei, J Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), D Whare (Penrith).